Melvin "Mel" Talakte passed away on June 28, 2006 in St. George, Utah.
He was born on Nov. 9, 1944 in the Village of Shungapovy on the Hopi Reservation in northern Arizona.
He was married to Alice Spencer Talakte for 38 years and was blessed with a son, Jonathan. Mel was a Vietnam Era Veteran, a member of the Grand Canyon American Legion, a talented outdoorsman, marathoner and expert river runner. His happiest times were spent on the Colorado River with his wife, son and friends.
His parents, Kenneth and Dorothy Talakte of Snowflake, Arizona and Shungapovy and Kykotsmovi Villages on the Hopi Reservation and sisters Mathaleen and Tanya and brother Virgil, precede Mel in death.
He is survived by his wife Alice, son Jonathan, his wife Stacy and grandson Colton of Tucson, his brother Kenneth Jr. of Montana, his sisters and their spouses; Bertha Bradley of Snowflake, Pearl and Bill Evans of Snowflake, Bonnie Talakte and Bill Havens of Phoenix, Christine and Dominic Sarracino of Phoenix, and Catherine Talakte of Flagstaff. He is remembered and loved by many friends, uncles and aunts, cousins, nieces and nephews and their families.
Viewing was held on June 30, 2006 at the Desert Memorial Funeral Home on Edgewater Drive in Tuba City, Ariz.
Funeral services were held Sunday, July 2, 2006 at Grand Canyon National Park at Mather Amphitheater behind the Shrine of the Ages Chapel.